12. Dolphins OLB Brandon Graham Michigan 6/2 268 4.72
Parcells likes big and tall a player like Everson Griffen would be more of the type of physical build he looks for. However it is hard to deny Graham’s work this past season, 26 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Beyond that he looked great at the senior bowl and combine. He is pretty fluid in his drop back into zone coverage and also stands up to the run well. He is a high motor player that works hard.
Nice mock, Georgie. Brandon Graham is definitely a top 15 talent in the draft, goes to a Big 10 school, and racked up 20 sacks in a talented conference .... all are Parcells' favorite qualities. He will convert from DE to OLB, so, there will be a learning curve for him as far as pass coverage.
Here's ESPN Insider info on him ....
ESPN Insider wrote:
Scouts Inc. Player Evaluations: Brandon Grahamhttp://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/dra ... tyear=2010
Overall Football Traits
"2006: (11/0) 3 tackles, .5 TFL, .5 sack. 2007: (13/5) 25 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 3 FF, 2 FR. 2008: (11/11) 46 tackles, 20 TFL, 10 sacks, 2 FF; Second-team All-Big Ten."
"Functional height, good bulk and good top-end speed. "
Misses the 2008 Toledo game with leg infection.
Has some experience lining up at defensive end. Voted 2008 Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player.
Outside Linebacker specific Traits
"Adequate but not elite initial quickness and closing speed. Will have a tougher time turning the corner at the NFL level. Can get caught out of his rush lane. However, he uses his hands well and is relentless. Flashes the ability to deliver the big hit when he gets to the quarterback. "
"Thick lower body and could line up inside on pass-heavy downs. Lacks ideal athletic ability, appears stiff in space and may not be a good fit at outside linebacker in a base 3-4 scheme. Best fit is at power end in a base 4-3 scheme. "
Range vs. Run 2
"Gets into trouble when he plays too high and has some problems splitting double teams, but generally gets under the pads of blockers and can hold his own in most one-on-one situations. Active hands and strong upper body. Flashes the ability to shed blocks in time to make plays behind or at the line of scrimmage. "
Disciplined and generally does a nice job of staying home when the plays flows to the opposite side. Keeps head up and locates the ball quickly. Plays from the snap until the whistle and with an edge.
3rd Down Capabilities N/A
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1 = Exceptional 2 = Above average 3 = Average 4 = Below average 5 = Marginal